Police blotter — Dec. 20

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:10 a.m.: Follow-up request, 2200 block of South Roosevelt Road. • 12:15 a.m.: Officer requested, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 2:16 a.m.: Deputy requested, 1500 block of Cottonwood Place. • 2:26 a.m.: Officer requested, 1700 block of North Boston Street. • 3:41 […]

State supreme court approves same-sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Jose Garcia said Thursday was a proud day to be a New Mexican. As a gay man, the 22-year-old Garcia was ecstatic when he got word of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to […]

Events calendar — Dec. 20

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Winter Wonderland — 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Portales Senior Center. Information: 825-0156. Saturday Santa Cop — Noon, Memorial Building. Information: 356-4404. Wednesday Community Christmas Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., El Rancho in Portales. Information: 359-9118. To […]

Empty Stocking fund

• Today’s focus: Family X • Household members: 4 • Children: 2 • Special circumstance: The family works hard to pay its bills, but the husband has to travel from Clovis to Portales. He also is paying child support. • Needs: Boy age 4 — wants a play outdoor grill, so he can be like […]

New Mexico fishing report — Dec. 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes: Closed for the season. […]

Cougars hold off Hounds

CMI staff AZUSA, Calif. — Junior guard Troy Leaf erupted in the second half, scoring 18 of his game-high 30 points and kickstarting an 11-4 run after halftime to put Azusa Pacific up for good in a 75-69 win over Eastern New Mexico University in a non-conference matchup Wednesday night. Tyler Monroe added eight points […]

Portales Senior Center is having their fifth annual Winter Wonderland

Eric Norwood Jr.: Clovis Media Inc.
Beatrice Moore, left, and Dawn Kryder put the finishing touches on one of the tables at the Winter Wonderland at the Portales Senior Center. The Santa Claus figurines on the table belonged to Kryder’s mother Shirley Kryder, who passed in September. The table was made in her memory by her daughter.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Portales Senior Center. The fifth annual Winter Wonderland is bigger and better, and Dawn Kryder has been working hard since Sunday took bring a merry mood to the big room of the Portales Senior Center. “Every year […]

Plans for Portales Inn to become workforce housing

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales Inn, on the corner of Avenue A and Third Street, will be turned into workforce housing. The project is expected to be complete by May 2016.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com City officials are excited to move forward with plans to turn the former Portales Inn into workforce housing. The Portales City Council authorized Portales City Manager Doug Redmond to sign a global agreement Tuesday night at its meeting that allows the city to act as a facilitator for […]

My Turn: Navigate the cones, look here first — Betty Williamson

Portales has had a tough few years. We may be insulated from the worst of national economic downturns, but the cost of gasoline and groceries affects us all. If you have any tie to agriculture — and many of us do — the drought has taken its toll. The ongoing road construction project — which […]

Meetings Watch: Portales City Council

Here are a few highlights you missed from Tuesday’s Portales City Council meeting: • The council accepted a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance establishing an affordable hosing program pursuant to the Affordable Housing Act. By adopting an ordinance, the council can approved a program that will help developers create affordable housing opportunities. • […]

Empty Stocking fund

• Today’s focus: Family M • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 • Special circumstance: The mother of this family recently had a miscarriage and the family has incurred lawyer fees trying to get custody of the 3-year-old boy. • Needs: Girl age 4 — wants anything dealing with Dora the Explorer and she wears […]

Events calendar — Dec. 19

Today Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Teen program — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. The film “Elf” will be screened. The movie is rated PG. Participants will decorate cookies and hot cocoa will be provided. Open to students in grades 7-12. Information: 356-3940. Winter Wonderland — 5-9 p.m., Portales Senior […]

Police blotter — Dec. 19

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Caller reported: Monday • 12:08 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 12:18 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 12:29 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 1:35 a.m.: Traffic stop, Portales. • 1:55 a.m.: Officer requested, 400 block of North Main Avenue. • 1:59 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th […]

Fishing report — Dec. 19

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Charette Lakes — Closed for the […]

ENMU’s Long notches third-team All-America

CMI staff Senior fullback Christian Long, who helped Eastern New Mexico University’s football team to a share of the Lone Star Conference title with Tarleton State, has been chosen to the third-team All-America list by Beyond Sports Network. Long rushed for 538 yards and 11 touchdowns on 140 carries for the Greyhounds (7-3, 5-1 LSC). […]

‘Twas the week before Christmas — Kevin Wilson

’Twas the week before Christmas And all through the newsroom Reporters were stumbling On what word they’ll type (who/whom?) The stockings weren’t hung But that’s fine and dandy, For a columnist sent us Some cookies and candy. I couldn’t quite figure What I’d have first of those snacks, So I just settled down In my […]

My Turn: Even scarier than zombies? Flake outbreak — Christina Calloway

I’m considering carrying out one of my failed movie ideas that I had for my final project in my digital filmmaking class because the message needs to get out there. I’m also thinking I need to ditch the shoes I’m going “gaga” over and get a camera for my birthday. It’s clear priorities change with […]

Portales to put in bid for veterans cemetary

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales will be putting in its own bid in a fight to locate a veterans cemetery in the city. The Portales City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night supporting the submission of an application to the state for funding from the National Cemetery Administration State Cemetery Grant Program […]

Council pledges water project support

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Portales City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night pledging its support for funding for the interconnection phase of the Ute pipeline project. The capital outlay request to the 2014 state legislature will be made by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, of which Portales is a […]

Police blotter — Dec. 18

Sunday • 12:16 a.m.: Harassment, 800 block of West 16th Street. • 1:56 a.m.: Traffic stop, West Second Street. • 2:11 a.m.: Traffic stop, South Avenue I and West First Street. • 4:09 a.m.: Noise disturbance, 1200 block of North Avenue K. • 4:23 a.m.: Attempted suicide, 700 block of North Avenue I. • 9:39 […]